Monday, December 24, 2012

Book Review: Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Monday, December 24, 2012
Genre: Gothic mystery/fantasy
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Series: The Lynburn Legacy #1
Source: Bought
Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)
Kami has heard Jared's voice in her head her whole life, so when he actually shows up in her little English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale, it's no wonder her life changes. Together they start to uncover the mystery surrounding her town, all the while trying to understand their mysterious connection. Kami is determined to find the truth, even as the body count continues to rise. But in a town that's built on secrets, will she even want to know the truth?

This has been one of my most anticipated books of the fall ever since I first heard about it months back. Did it live up to my expectations? Yes, absolutely, completely.

Kami is one of the wittiest, spunkiest protagonists I have ever read about. She's an unstoppable force, with a sharp sense of humor and fierce loyalty. In fact, fierce is the best word I can think of to describe her. The rest of the characters are all different shades of brilliant, as well. There's Angela, her antisocial, lazy, and snarky best friend and Holly, their gorgeous friend who is more than her appearance. Even her dad is great, and it's obvious Kami gets her sense of humor from him. Because of this, all of the dialogue is always quick as a whip- it reminded me of an Aaron Sorkin TV show, as in no one really talks like these characters, but you wish they did.

Lastly, there's the most important character (other than Kami), Jared. Their relationship is everything I wanted it to be: a perfect mix of love, wariness, hurt, and guarded feelings. Jared is tortured and goes between protecting Kami and needing her protection. One of my favorite things about Jared is that he has a bad boy exterior, but is really a dork. It was really refreshing. Another great aspect is that even in their darkest moments, Kami and Jared keep the wit that goes throughout the whole story. I was a bit afraid at some points that there was going to be a love triangle, but it doesn't seem like that is going to happen, thank goodness. Jared and Kami are far too perfect for each other for that to happen.

The amount of humor in Unspoken surprised me, but in a very good way. The rest of the story is dark, centering around a dangerous mystery and a painful friendship, so it provided the perfect balance. I love that this novel has such a Gothic feel, though. I can't think of too many YA Gothic novels, but I'd love for there to be more!

The plot itself was mysterious and perfectly paced. I just wanted to keep reading! It's obvious that there's a lot more to be discovered about the creepy, yet enchanting, town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. What is revealed in Unspoken is spooky and inventive. Basically, I need Untold now, especially since the ending of Unspoken is absolutely heartbreaking. You are cruel, Sarah Rees Brennan. (But I mean that in a good way. (:) I need to know what happens next!
*4.4 stars*
A Quote from the Book: "Nothing else ever mattered to me, and you weren't even real. All I ever wanted was you.”
Did you have an imaginary friend when you were a child? 


  1. Beautiful creatures is a Gothic YA I believe and I did have an imaginary friend and I still have my Original characters to this day which kind of count

  2. That is one of my favorite quotes from the book!

    What a great book!


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